Making a mosaic vase is a craft project well within the scope of just about anyone. The materials involved include the vase itself, ceramic tiles, sanded tile grout, adhesive, a tile cutter, sponges, gloves, and a self-adhesive felt pad.
Start making your decorative mosaic vase by cutting up your ceramic tiles. Any type of tile cutter is acceptable and if you don’t have access to a tile cutter, you can just break the ceramic tiles by placing them inside a bag and going at them with a hammer. The tiles should be of various colors or designs to create the greatest effect when you finish your mosaic vase.
Application of the small pieces of ceramic tile is accomplished by squeezing out some adhesive onto each individual piece. The pieces of tile are then affixed to the exterior of the vase one at a time. Make sure to set aside a serious chunk of time for this project, depending on how large the vase is. You want to start by affixing the pieces of ceramic tile to the narrowest part of the vase. Set the tiles into a random pattern of colors and shapes or, if you prefer symmetry, affix the tiles into a more orderly fashion. Once you have covered the vase in your small pieces of tile, put the vase away for 24 hours to allow the adhesive to dry and the tile pieces to set.
Here is where the sanded tile grout comes into play. Mix up the grout according to the specific instructions on the package you buy. Make sure to follow these directions to the letter. Use a grout float tool to apply the grout. Draw the float across the tiles at an angle to force the grout into the spaces you have left between your individual tile pieces. Ensure that the grout gets worked completely into the spaces by going over the vase two or three times. Be sure that all gaps are filled.
Use a damp sponge to remove the excess grout from the tiles. Wait about 20 minutes for the grout to become firm but not quite hardened. A circular motion with the sponge is most effective for removing the excess. Get yourself a coarse nylon sponge following this part of the process to help in the removal of the haze that was left over from removing the grout. Start rubbing the tiles about two or three hours following the cleaning with the damp sponge.
You can choose to paint the interior of the vase as well as other parts of the vase that are not decorated with the tile mosaic. The tiles can be polished to a fine shine using just a dry cloth. To ensure that the mosaic vase is better protected, apply a grout sealer. This final step should not be considered a necessity, but can provide some peace of mind.